Talbot's Damsel

Talbot's Demoiselle

Family: Pomacentridae Picture of a Talbot's Damsel, Chrysiptera talbotiChrysiptera talbotiPhoto Animal-World: Courtesy David Brough
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I have one of these, he lives with my orange toadfish, and I have actually seen him smack the toadfish in the face with his tail fin and the toadfish just sits... (more)  jolene rockwell

   This is a young specimen of the Talbot's Damsel or Talbot's Demoiselle, about 1 inch long. Its a very beautiful fish with typical Damselfish behavior, very active and a great eater!

   The Talbot's Damsel or Talbot's Demoiselle is hardy, often available and of a medium price. They generally cost just a bit more than some of the more commonly available damsels. A great addition when you have a chance to get them!

For more Information on keeping this fish see:
Guide to a Happy, Healthy Marine Aquarium

Geographic Distribution
Chrysiptera talboti
Data provided by FishBase.org
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Actinopterygii
  • Order: Perciformes
  • Family: Pomacentridae
  • Genus: Chrysiptera
  • Species: talboti
Talbots Damsel (Chrysiptera talboti) Digging
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Video shows the typical habits of a Talbot's Damsel.

Talbot's Damsels like to dig out a little burrow under rock, rubble or coral, alive or dead, and hide there when afraid or sleeping. They are the most peaceful of all damsels, ranking closer to a Percula, Ocellaris or Skunk Clownfish. These little fish are great community fish for a reef or community tank and their small size of 2.4" makes them a great nano fish as well!.

Talbot Damselfish (Chrysiptera talboti)
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Talbot's Damsel in a reef setting.

This peaceful little damsel has similar temperament as the more mellow clownfish. They are great in a reef and enjoy nooks and crannies that they can hide in. Unlike other damsels, they do not become aggressive, but like a clownfish, will protects it's little corner of the reef. They are great peaceful community fish, which is uncommon for most damsels!

Habitat: Natural geographic location:    Talbot's Damsel or Talbot's Demoiselle are found in many locations including the Indo-Australian Archipelago: this includes Thailands' Andaman Sea, Indonesia, Ashmore Reef in the Timor Sea. the Great Barrier Reef, New Guinea, New Britain, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, and Fiji Islands. Inhabits inshore and offshore coral reefs. Can be found at depths of 6 to 35 meters.

Status:    These fish are not listed on the IUCN Red List.

Maintenance difficulty:    The Talbot's Damsel or Talbot's Demoiselle is among the easiest of all marine fish to keep.

Maintenance:    This fish will readily eat all kinds of live, frozen, and flake foods and algae. Finely chopped meaty foods (like brine shrimp) can be fed regularly. It is best to feed small amounts several times a day.

Foods:    All kinds. See "maintenance" above.

Social Behaviors:    Like all damselfish, they can be territorial and aggressive, especially as they get older. Can be kept together and with other larger fish but watch them closely to be sure their aggression doesn't become destructive.

Sex: Sexual differences:    Not Known.

Light: Recommended light levels:    No special requirements.

Breeding/Reproduction:    Some of the damselfish have been bred in captivity. See general breeding techniques under Clownfish on the marine breeding page.

Temperature:    No special requirements.

Length/Diameter of fish:    Talbot's Damsel or Talbot's Demoiselle adults can grow to 4.5 cm ( 1.77 inches).

Minimum Tank Length/Size:    A minimum 20 gallon aquarium is recommended.

Water Movement: Weak, Moderate, Strong    No special requirements.

Water Region: Top, Middle, Bottom    Swims at all levels of the aquarium.

Availability:    This fish is available from time to time.

Author: David Brough. CFS.
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Lastest Animal Stories on Talbot's Damsel

jolene rockwell - 2014-02-03
I have one of these, he lives with my orange toadfish, and I have actually seen him smack the toadfish in the face with his tail fin and the toadfish just sits there! He is a silly little fish and I like him a lot!

  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-04
    That's very cool... and a funny story too!
Sherry Dryden - 2010-03-10
We just started our Saltwater aquarium about 2 months ago. Everything is great! We purchased a Talbot's Damsel. We have been watching him closely and he has been picking up shells and moving from behind a piece of Coral. Is this normal? Nesting? He is really a lot of fun to watch! Has any one else seen this activity.

mel - 2004-04-11
I have one of these little guys, alone in a 10 gallon, I like him alot. Hes got a great curious personality and is extremely easy to care for, and pretty to boot.